Jeff Martin
Jeff Martin

As a young boy growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania I trapped muskrats to earn money.I always played by all the rules, checked my traps every morning and tried to create sets where the animals drowned quickly and didn't suffer long. I now look back on those days and can't believe how heartless and cruel I was. It's time to put a stop to the torture.

Joe Adair
Joe Adair
  • Jeff Martin

Young boys are ruthless. If you're feeling guilty about it, you've got company here, Jeff.

Joe Adair
Joe Adair
  • Jeff Martin

I was a danger to all wildlife from age 12-14. A menace, armed with a semi-automatic CO2 BB gun. On one camping trip, my best friend and I shot so many birds, our fathers were DISGUSTED with us! We thought it was weird that they 'freaked out' on us. When I was 14, and the Vietnam War was still raging, I went dove hunting. Shot a white one, only wounding it. There it lay, as I approached...the symbol of peace during the war...writhed on the ground, on its back, frightened and mortally...

I was a danger to all wildlife from age 12-14. A menace, armed with a semi-automatic CO2 BB gun. On one camping trip, my best friend and I shot so many birds, our fathers were DISGUSTED with us! We thought it was weird that they 'freaked out' on us. When I was 14, and the Vietnam War was still raging, I went dove hunting. Shot a white one, only wounding it. There it lay, as I approached...the symbol of peace during the war...writhed on the ground, on its back, frightened and mortally wounded, bright red blood splashed across its pristine white feathers. I blew the poor thing away with my shotgun...it was the most compassionate thing I could do at the moment, but the adults i was with were pissed, not sharing my vision of war and death and hate. The image of that whole horrible fiasco is still fresh in my mind, 40 years later. I never willfully killed another living thing. Isn't growing up supposed to produce positive change, even in the most grotesque, testosterone-filled little heathens that are homo sapien teenage boys?

Flavia Corbella
Flavia Corbella
  • Jeff Martin

Hard to understand then why so many teenage boys (or kid for that matter) would be given a semi-automatic gun be it a BB gun or otherwise. It's not a toy and no kid should be given one, period.

Lucas Graham
Lucas Graham
  • Jeff Martin

We must remember,we invade the animals space,not they ours. We are the selfish ones to blame. Our creator give us the whole world so that we can rule over animals and look after them. Please be kind to them. Help with donations that they can look after these poor animals.

Michelle Garrett
Michelle Garrett

Trapping is a VERY CRUEL way for such a beautiful animal to have to die. There have been cases where a mother wolf chewing off her own leg so she could get back to her helpless babies! Also many times the trap does not kill the animal instantly and they slowly and painfully die...all the while trying to free themselves from the trap that is slowly sufficating them to death if the trap is around their neck. But too many times the poor wolf is still alive and they are clubbed to death (so...

Trapping is a VERY CRUEL way for such a beautiful animal to have to die. There have been cases where a mother wolf chewing off her own leg so she could get back to her helpless babies! Also many times the trap does not kill the animal instantly and they slowly and painfully die...all the while trying to free themselves from the trap that is slowly sufficating them to death if the trap is around their neck. But too many times the poor wolf is still alive and they are clubbed to death (so no noise from a gunshot is heard!!) THIS IS NO WAY FOR ANY ANIMAL TO HAVE TO DIE!!

Joe Adair
Joe Adair
  • Michelle Garrett

Thanks Michelle, we share your passion.

Mary Witbooi
Mary Witbooi
  • Michelle Garrett

Why do we have to allow this cruelty to endure for another 7 years? Trapping should be banned from right now.

Nanette Redding
Nanette Redding
  • Michelle Garrett

Agree

Steffie Turtles Jones
Steffie Turtles Jones

Trapping must stop immediately because it is an example of extreme animal cruelty and abuse.

1. There are a number of photographs on the internet of wolf trappers teasing living wolves caught foothold traps before the suffering and frightened animal is either clubbed to death or shot. Such cruelty and exhibitionism must be stopped.

2. Many wolf trappers do not want to check traps every three or four hours and want the legal time extended to 72 hours. This means a trapped wolf will die...

Trapping must stop immediately because it is an example of extreme animal cruelty and abuse.

1. There are a number of photographs on the internet of wolf trappers teasing living wolves caught foothold traps before the suffering and frightened animal is either clubbed to death or shot. Such cruelty and exhibitionism must be stopped.

2. Many wolf trappers do not want to check traps every three or four hours and want the legal time extended to 72 hours. This means a trapped wolf will die from fear and starvation before a trapper arrives to club it to death or shot.

3. Trapping is indiscriminate. Eagles, bobcats, wolverines, swift foxes and pet dogs have been caught in traps set for wolves during the 2012-13 hunting season in states where wolf culls are legal.

4. Ohe of the most obscene form of animal cruelty is baiting traps with wolf carcasses so members its family will be attracted to the scent as they search for their lost relative and meet a cruel death themselves.

Joe Adair
Joe Adair
  • Steffie Turtles Jones

Great points Steffie! Thanks for your help!

Kelly Anderson-Edwards
Kelly Anderson-Edwards

Because traps are indiscriminate and have no place in this world. If I could personally destroy every trap in the woods I would.

Janet Stone
Janet Stone
  • Kelly Anderson-Edwards

It is important to me because it is the nature of life's cycle to procreate and live freely. It is man's gendre to trap and kill in a cruel and selfish manner. THIS MUST STOP ASAP.

Dorothy Rodgers
Dorothy Rodgers

It is a barbaric, cruel, and an unnessesary form of killing. It may have been acceptable in days gone by. But in todays society it is just torture at it's finest. Besides all the thousands of non target animals and pets caught and killed in these traps. Time for trapping to end, worldwide.

Beth King
Beth King

It's inhumane and just plain cruel...Even prisoners are treated better than this....and these animals haven't done anything except try to live and help do their part in the ecosystem.

Margaret Jensen
Margaret Jensen

Its so cruel and wrong

Katrina Deitz
Katrina Deitz

It is just plain inhumane, painful and the animal suffers immensely . Cruelty to animals in my eyes. Should be no trapping at all.

Jean Foreman
Jean Foreman

This cruel killing of wolves is so wrong, these traps should never be allowed anywhere - it's cruel, selfish people who lay them,there the one's who should be in them

Jeanette M Curie
Jeanette M Curie

The beautiful, majestic wolf, is being hounded, trapped, murdered and stuffed!! Yet, they are in their own habitat, they live in a family situation and are not the blood thirsty, cow killing animals they have been made out to be. They are wonderful, beautiful and I am in awe of their being. It has always been a dream of mine to sit in a field, to look eye to eye and behold the beauty and majesty, the gentle spirit that resides within them and it would be so amazing to me I would hold the...

The beautiful, majestic wolf, is being hounded, trapped, murdered and stuffed!! Yet, they are in their own habitat, they live in a family situation and are not the blood thirsty, cow killing animals they have been made out to be. They are wonderful, beautiful and I am in awe of their being. It has always been a dream of mine to sit in a field, to look eye to eye and behold the beauty and majesty, the gentle spirit that resides within them and it would be so amazing to me I would hold the memory close to my heart always. The wolf is not to be taunted with, to be put in painful traps while in the middle of their very own home by human beings who have lost their humanity their souls, their need to own such beauty is without any understanding, their need to kill, to murder an innocent animal is so cowardly, so cruel, as an author whose name I have forgotten calls these individuals "no more than a maggot, a mindless maggot feeding off the death and blood" of one so beautiful!!!!

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